Can you eat onion sprouts? You know, the kind that grows when you keep onions in storage for too long? - Mothering Forums

Can you eat onion sprouts? You know, the kind that grows when you keep onions in storage for too long?

amyamanda's Avatar amyamanda (TS)
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I hate to waste them if they are edible. On the other hand, I don't want to eat them if they are not.



If you can eat them, are they best raw or cooked?

My storage onions are pretty old, and I guess we're not eating them up fast enough. I didn't keep them dark enough, either, though they were covered with burlap. They must know that it is spring.
Tcarwyn's Avatar Tcarwyn
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Slice them and use as green onions... Or cook as you would leeks

Tanya
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I always just chop them up with the onions and use them like I normally would.
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I usually break them off and just munch them plain- but I'm weird like that. I eat raw scallions too, and have eaten raw onions (not sprouted) in the past. Onion sprouts are much stronger in flavor than scallions.

Darnit, now I want some scallions!
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A little OT but I take the green onions I buy at the store, slice off the roots and set them in a vase of water. They keep growing! I always have fresh green onions now and I no longer pay.
They are green and not unattractive on my counter ( I have great sun all day in my kitchen)
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Originally Posted by redhotmama View Post
A little OT but I take the green onions I buy at the store, slice off the roots and set them in a vase of water. They keep growing! I always have fresh green onions now and I no longer pay.
They are green and not unattractive on my counter ( I have great sun all day in my kitchen)


I'm really going to try this. How much of the root do you keep? Do you ever repot it in soil?
redhotmama's Avatar redhotmama
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I leave less than an inch of white above the roots. Last year I stuck them in a potted plant nearby, but I grew weary of poking my finger in the dirt to make a spot for each green onion. This winter that plant was no longer with us (RIP coffee plant) so I just stuck them into the vase where I was forcing some paperwhites. They are thriving yet, after a few weeks they are 18 inches long and I pinch off what I need and let them regrow again and again. I might experiment and move some outside to the garden and see if I can get some full grown onions out of the deal....
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That is the coolest idea about the green onions! I am so going to get some and do that.

Thanks!
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I buy onions in 10 lb bags so I always have a few that sprout by the time I get to them. What I do is plant them in the garden. The green sprouts grow tall and dark green very fast, and then I slice them and use them as green onions. You can slice off the sprouts and new ones will grow back.
notwonamesalike's Avatar notwonamesalike
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Ok....I put my green onions in water the day after it was suggested on this thread and several days later they have really taken off!!!!

I should have enough to cut for a salad by next week some time. What a great idea! Thanks so much. I'm totally going to share this tip with others.
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